Some of you who were around in February of this year may remember this post, He Giveth Quietness. I’m repeating it (with a few alterations) for a reason. Something special has been added at the end you don’t want to miss.
Job 34:29a KJV
God’s Word grabbed me again. I love those three words: He giveth quietness.
Quietness in Hebrew means tranquil, undisturbed, rest, repose, peace.
Quietness. Undisturbed in the midst of a storm.
Undisturbed as Peter walking on the surging swells of water before he developed eye-switchery.
Undisturbed. At rest. As Jesus in the back of the boat, reposed on a pillow in the midst of a tempestuous squall. Awakened by the disciples, Jesus waves His hand of forbiddance over the raging elements and says, “Peace, be still!” (Mark 4:39 NKJV)
He actually says, “Silence! Be muzzled!” The New Living Translation says it close to that, “Silence! Be still!” Just as suddenly as the storm arose, the turbulence turn-tailed and ceased. A great tranquility came over the sea.
Did you hear it? The hush of silence. He giveth quietness.
We sail the sea of life with Him, under midnight skies of loss, with winds of adversity huffing at our sails, amidst whirlwinds of trials swirling around us, and billows of heartaches threatening to overwhelm us.
But in the midst of all that, there is a hushed silence. He giveth quietness. He will keep (guard, protect, watch over, preserve) the one who fixes his mind on Him, trusting in Him. (Is. 26:3) Leaning upon Him. Resting in Him as one’s support.
He giveth quietness.
Jesus left us His peace, “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” (John 14:27 NLT) This peace is the equivalent of shalom; it is tranquility, security, safety, prosperity, and quietness.
That quietness is always there, even when our hearts are agitated or stirred up. Jesus, the Prince of Peace (Is. 9:6), resides within us. He is The Ruler, The Captain, The Commander of Shalom.
But too many times, we pull up the blanket of bitterness, unforgiveness, pride, selfishness, doubt, worry, or some other blanket of agitation and hide the peace we so desperately crave.
God said through Isaiah, “In returning [retirement, withdrawal] and rest [a quiet attitude] you shall be saved; in quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” (Is. 30:15 NKJV, definitions added)
Amid losses. Amid griefs. Amid lacks. Amid turmoils. Amid heartaches. Amid tempestuous storms…the Commander of Shalom will “ordain peace for us.” (Is. 26:12 KJV)
Here’s the special part. How to find that quietness, that whitespace of rest. Bonnie Gray shares it in her newly released book Finding Spiritual Whitespace: Awakening Your Soul to Rest. Though I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, I’ve been pondering its meaning.
Whitespace is the space where the eyes rests, the space between words, between paragraphs, space left on a page, portions of visual art left untouched. As one source says, it “helps a document look less crowded.”
It reminds me of all the times David wrote selah in his psalms. It gives us pause to think on it. It is that uncrowded space we find when we release our hold on earthly tethers and bow in the presence of the Lord. To listen. To commune. To welcome His rest.
Bonnie wrote, “Spiritual whitespace makes room – room in our hearts for a deeper, more intimate relationship with God, room in our lives for rest, room in our souls for rejuvenation. This hunger for beauty, for space for the soul to breath, resides within each of us.”
Bonnie’s book may be found at: